1 min read

PayPal and eBay Fall Victim to the Syrian Electronic Army

Alexandra GHEORGHE

February 03, 2014

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
PayPal and eBay Fall Victim to the Syrian Electronic Army

PayPal and eBay Fall Victim to the Syrian Electronic ArmyHacking group the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) defaced pages of PayPal and its owner, eBay, in a “hacktivist operation” meant to draw attention to the e-commerce sites` absence in Syria, according to Mashable.

The homepages of eBay and PayPal in France, Israel and the UK were replaced with the SEA logo and a note reading: “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Long live Syria. F**k the United States government.”

The group also modified the DNS records of ebay.co.uk and paypal.co.uk, which permitted the hackers to shut down the website and redirect traffic to another server.

On Twitter, the SEA shared screenshots of the admin panels of eBay and PayPal France. They also posted the following message: “If your PayPal account is down for a few minutes, think about Syrians who were denied online payments for more than 3 years. #SEA”.

The hackers did not target users. “We didn’t do it to hack people accounts,” an SEA member told Mashable.

PayPal confirmed today that no user was affected.

“For a brief period today, a very limited number of people visiting certain PayPal and eBay marketing pages in the UK, France and India were redirected,” Anuj Nayar, PayPal’s Senior Director of global initiatives, told Mashable. “The issue was quickly detected and resolved. No customer data was accessed by these redirects, and no customer accounts were affected.”

The SEA is responsible for high-profile cyber-attacks against sites of the BBC News, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, CNN and Microsoft.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

The Holiday Guide to Tech Support: Fixing the Family Computer

November 24, 2021

2 min read
Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

Bitdefender Celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Leadership

November 04, 2021

3 min read
Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

October 26, 2021

3 min read
What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

October 25, 2021

2 min read
Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

October 22, 2021

2 min read
Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

October 20, 2021

3 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Most Employees Believe Passwords Affect Their Productivity, Research Finds Most Employees Believe Passwords Affect Their Productivity, Research Finds
Silviu STAHIE

December 06, 2021

1 min read
US State Department iPhones Infected with Pegasus Spyware – Report US State Department iPhones Infected with Pegasus Spyware – Report
Filip TRUȚĂ

December 06, 2021

2 min read
Phishers Targeting Victims with ‘Free’ PCR Test for Omicron COVID-19 Variant Phishers Targeting Victims with ‘Free’ PCR Test for Omicron COVID-19 Variant
Filip TRUȚĂ

December 03, 2021

2 min read